Tahyna MacManus’ Raw New Documentary Unpacks the Stigma Around Miscarriage – and You Can’t Miss It
The very moving new documentary Misunderstandings of Miscarriage (MuM by filmmaker Tahyna MacManus, now streaming on Stan, shatters stigmas around pregnancy loss.
Tahyna, who many would remember from Blue Water High and her early modelling days, illuminate an all-too-common experience with the documentary. In Australia, up to one in four pregnancies ends in miscarriage, which is defined as the natural death of an embryo before 20 weeks of gestation.
Tahyna unflinchingly portrayed her own experiences of miscarriage in the film — she has three unborn children, as well as daughter Echo, 4, and son, Oisin, 1, with dancer and Studio 10 host Tristan MacManus — as well as those of other women, including high profile people like Teresa Palmer, Claire Holt and Deborra-Lee Furness.
The honesty and rawness of Tahyna’s footage, cut with interviews with her family, Tristan, medical professionals and other women who have suffered pregnancy loss, helps educate people about not only what miscarriage is like, but the accompanying feelings of grief and shame and the medical complications that can follow.
Through the documentary, we see Tahyna and her subjects process and grieve, with some of them sharing the ways they carry their unborn children with them.
Misunderstandings of Miscarriage also helps to shift the wider cultural conversation about pregnancy loss and the accompanying culture of silence, including for people who have not suffered a miscarriage but don’t have the knowledge or language to be a support to a loved one who has.
We’re grateful that Tahyna was willing to answer a few questions about the film and her journey, telling us how she hopes Misunderstandings of Miscarriage contributes to a shift in cultural understandings of miscarriage and helps other women feel less alone.